CNN host Don Lemon trashed both the United States and the American people in a new interview. He went so far as to say that Americans don’t see black people as human beings and to add that the U.S. needs to “realize just how racist it is.”

In an interview with the Washington Post Magazine, Lemon was asked, “You’ve suggested that Trump was the president we deserved and probably a necessary and revealing wake-up call. Do you still think that?”

“Considering people’s apathy to get involved in the political process, to pay attention to the political process, to go to the polls, their willingness to give so much attention to celebrity, I think that’s what I meant by ‘the president we deserve.,” Lemon replied.

“But there’s also this false reality that we’re living in a post-racial world after the election of Barack Obama. That was all bulls***,” he continued. “It was a wake-up call to White people who thought we were living in a nonracist world. We’re living in two different realities as Black and White people. We knew, as Black people, what was lurking beneath the surface. I still believe that [Trump] was the necessary wake-up for America to realize just how racist it is.”

The interviewer then asked Lemon about his new book, saying, “This book seems to be part of an ongoing process of putting yourself out there — bit by bit, revealing more personal things about yourself. Is that something you’ve wanted to, or something you’ve felt like you’ve had to do?”

“I feel like I’ve had to do that because I don’t think America has seen enough people like me. I don’t think America intimately knows enough people like me,” Lemon replied. “I would love America to see Black people, especially Black gay men as — and I hate this word — normal, and as human beings and as part of the culture.”

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“I don’t know if America sees Black people and especially Black gay men as fully human, and as deserving of the American Dream,” he added.

For someone who claims to have grown up in such a racist and horrible country, Lemon has achieved quite a lot as a black person. Despite saying that “we’re living in two different realities as Black and White people,” the Daily Mail pointed out, “He lives in a $4.3 million four-bedroom cottage in Sag Harbor on New York’s Long Island, where 80% of the population is white and just 3% are black.”

Lemon also reportedly earns a $4 million annual salary working at CNN, and has a net worth of $12 million.

This piece was written by James Samson on June 21, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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